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Mark McLean, left, came as Charlie Christmas from “Dumb and Dumber” and Philip Wilt, right, came as Donald Trump at last year’s MasqueRave. This year’s event will be Friday evening at the Parkersburg Art Center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

MasqueRave to be held at Parkersburg Art Center Friday

PARKERSBURG — While children will be having fun on Halloween, the Parkersburg Art Center is offering adults a chance to get in on the fun of dressing up in costume. The Parkersburg Art Center’s League, the “PAC PALS,” will host its annual Halloween “MasqueRave” party from 8 p.m. ...

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World renowned Chanticleer will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Chanticleer to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot will also present Chanticleer in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students and are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is a Grammy-winning ensemble which will ...

Marietta College offers new art exhibit

MARIETTA —The Marietta College Art Department’s newest exhibition will showcase the work of William Gerhold, a nature lover, and former Marietta professor. “Nature, Landscape, and Essence: Selected Artwork by William Gerhold,” will open in Gallery 310 on Friday with an opening ...

‘King Lear’ to be performed at Glenville State College

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College will host a free performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by the Rustic Mechanicals of the Vintage Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The play, among Shakespeare’s most famous, is about Lear, who has ...

Market Street to host ArtOberfest Saturday

PARKERSBURG — ArtOberfest, a family friendly German-style arts fair, will be 4-10 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Market Street. The event is sponsored by the art center, Downtown PKB, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Artsbridge, Mango Latin Bistro, and Parkersburg YMCA. Admission is $5 per ...

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Bev Chapman, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, helps Corey Wiggins of Belpre stir apple butter Sunday during last year’s Apple Butter Stir-Off at Howes Grove Park in Belpre. This year’s event has moved to Civitan Park and will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off slated for this weekend

BELPRE — After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. This ...

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The Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The seventh annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Point Park Marketplace, 113 Ann St. The competition is judged in three categories: traditional, non-traditional and vegetarian. A People’s Choice winner is determined by the audience. ...

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The Blennerhassett Mansion will be open to visitors during the evening hours of Oct. 13-14 as part of “Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight.”

Blennerhassett Island to host Mansion by Candlelight

PARKERSBURG — The annual “Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight” program will offer visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park the chance to step back in time to experience an autumn celebration as it might once have been done in the years when it ...

Ohio 26 Fall Foliage Tour scheduled for this weekend

DART, Ohio —The 28th annual Fall Foliage Tour and Antique Engine/Equipment Show will celebrate the fall change of colors Saturday and Sunday at several locations along Ohio 26 north of Marietta. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and is sponsored by ...

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Rob Pitts, of Elizabeth, shows how blacksmiths could make a variety of things for the farm or home, such as a kettle hook for holding a pot or kettle over an open fire, at last year’s Pioneer Day.

Elizabeth to host Wirt County Pioneer Day celebration Saturday

ELIZABETH — The 15th annual Wirt County Pioneer Day will be Saturday in courthouse square in Elizabeth. The Elizabeth Beauchamp Chapter Daughters of American Pioneers organizes the annual heritage event which will feature vendors, concessions, craft demonstrations, a Ladies Tea, Civil War ...

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Caleb Givens, of Belpre, gives a blacksmithing demonstration during last year’s Belpre Heritage Day at the Farmers Castle Museum Education Center in Belpre. This year’s event will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Belpre slated to celebrate its past at Farmers Castle Museum

BELPRE — The Belpre Historical Society will host its annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Castle Museum Education Center on Ridge Street in Belpre. Admission is free. A flag ceremony will begin the day at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Belpre Mayor Mike ...

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Playing a video game at last year’s Parkersburg Pop Con were, from left, Dakota Delong, Austin Foster and Greg Cochran, all of Parkersburg.

Pop Con coming to West Virginia University at Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The second annual Parkersburg Pop Con will be Saturday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for pop culture enthusiasts of all kinds. WVU-P is teaming up with local businesses for the convention which runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the College Activities Center for ...

Smooth jazz concert set for downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The sounds of smooth jazz will fill the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street on Saturday. The gates open at 4 p.m. and music will be from 5-9 p.m. during the free Wine and Jazz on Market Street festival, said event organizer David Wells of Vienna, founder and chief executive ...

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Tractor pulls are always a big hit at the Barlow Fair.

Barlow Fair to run through Sunday

BARLOW — Since 1871 the Barlow Fair has stood on its own as a gathering for the community. “It’s the oldest independent fair in the state,” said Pat Amrine, secretary of the Barlow Fair Board. “We consider it a community get together, a homecoming of sorts.” This year’s fair, ...

St. Mary Catholic School to host fall festival

MARIETTA — With three days worth of events, the St. Mary Catholic School Fall Festival offers a little something for everyone — and every age group. The event, one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Marietta school, kicks off Friday with a catered dinner and wine pairings from the ...

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The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for the next two weekends at the Guild Playhouse in downtown Parkersburg.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg readies ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the story of a man’s descent into madness with the classic story of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for two weekends in September. The performances will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30 at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth ...


Bands step up to help Williamstown High School drumline

PARKERSBURG — In organizing his first concert — a fundraiser to purchase new drums for the Williamstown High School music program — Perry Knopp found some willing partners. Charleston indie band Qiet and blues journeyman Greg O’Brien and the Spoodoo Cadillacs will take the stage at ...

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Jim Boston, of Ritchie County, stands by his 15 hp Reed motor, which is 100 years old and still running, during last year’s Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival at Mountwood Park.

Volcano Days to begin Friday

VOLCANO — The 29th annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Friday through Sunday at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of ...

Glenville State College to present ‘The Miracle Worker’

GLENVILLE — Students in Glenville State College’s Theatre program will be performing “The Miracle Worker,” their first full show of the fall 2017 semester at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Admission is free for GSC students and $3 for general admission. The play is suitable for all ...

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Sternwheelers of all sizes lined the Ohio River Levee during last year’s Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta.

Marietta to host Ohio River Sternwheel Festival this weekend

MARIETTA — The Ohio River Levee in downtown Marietta will host a weekend of entertainment with the 2017 Ohio River Sternwheel Festival from Friday through Sunday. This year’s headliners include Parrots of the Caribbean, AJR, Rick K and the Allnighters and Adam Craig. They will be ...